Read Kansas! Middle School - M-12 Danger on the Underground Railroad
This lesson explores the role of the Underground Railroad and the dangers experienced by John Doy, an abolitionist who helped slaves escape. Students will read four primary sources about this topic and work in groups to analyze the content. Groups will report back to the class on their segment of the story about John Doy. Students will complete a timeline detailing the events of the story then answer the question "What effect did the capture, trial, and rescue of John Doy have on people in Kansas Territory?" This lesson can be completed in two days.
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Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 2, Indicator 2 The student describes how the dispute over slavery shaped life in Kansas Territory (e.g., border ruffians, bushwackers, jayhawkers, the Underground Railroad, free staters, abolitionists).
- Benchmark 7, Indicator 3 The students uses at least three primary sources to interpret the impact of a person or event from Kansas history to develop an historical narrative.
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 5 The student uses information from the text to make inferences and draw conclusions.
Common Core Reading:
- RI. 7.1: The student cites pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.